Peak:  "V 5" (13er)
 Route:  Clear Lake
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  piper14er
 Date of Info:  07/14/2019
 Date Posted:  07/15/2019

Highway 550 north of Silverton to County Road 7 (aka 585), 4 miles to County Road 12 (aka 815) then up towards Clear Lake. Snow on the road at about 11,200 which is just before the last three short switchbacks before the last straight section up to the lake. Easy 4WD road to where I parked, gets a little more bumpy from there to the lake but probably okay for two wheel drive vehicles. Right now snow and rockfall at the switchbacks.

I was parked pretty much directly below the peak, 0.52 miles away and about 2000 vertical feet. I followed the road to the lake and then followed an old Jeep track to below the peak.

I went a little too far before heading up the steep slopes to the ridge just past the peak. Looking back at the peak there is a notch that makes it more difficult than necessary. It can be traversed back to the gully you want with a steep sideslope traverse over rock and some grass. Class 3. A bit more than I wanted with only one good arm/hand (rotator cuff recovery not over).

You should go up the rock slope, then gully instead. I have a pic of that and it goes up to a "V" in the rock of course.

Once at the top of the gully it is an easy walk along the ridge to the peak.

Views everywhere. Pics to show other peaks and snow, like US Grant, S Lookout, etc.

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